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On Monday, April 1st (no fooling!) from 6 to 9 pm, The Center for Book Arts will host Eat Your Words: The 3rd Annual International Edible Book Tea. This event will be celebrated worldwide at various book arts centers, schools and galleries, uniting bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers. The festival will be held simultaneously in Chicago, Iowa City, Los
Angeles, San Diego, St. Paul, Paris, France, Victoria, Australia and several other cities.

From 6 to 7 pm, tea will be served as visitors view the edible books. At 7 pm, the literary confections will be auctioned off and devoured on the premises, or taken home to be eaten soon after. Edible books from last year 's event included Roni Gross's Leaves of Grass– leaf-shaped cookies with gum-sugar grass; Linda Muriello's Molasses Quartets– molasses cookie pages hand-bound with licorice; and Sloane Madureira's Japanese Poems– haiku
relief printed in pastel marzipan pastries.

"This is a global event for all of us to celebrate books and culture and to nourish ourselves at the same time. It's fun." says Beatrice Coron, one of the event's founding organizers.

Entries are mailed from across the country or hand-delivered to The Center the day of the event. For submission guidelines or further information, contact The Center for Book Arts at (212) 481-0295 or click here for guidelines and a printable form. Deadline for proposals is March 15, 2002.  Accepted entries will be auctioned off and eaten

View entries from past festivals or find out about other participating locations. 

Winning entries and members of The Center receive free admission to the event, for all others there is a suggested $5 donation. Eat Your Words is a benefit to support The Center for Book Arts' educational program for NYC youth, Cultural Autobiography, a tuition-free weeklong class in making books for area teenagers held at The Center every summer.


The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to the preservation of the traditional crafts of bookmaking, as well as encouraging contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. Founded in 1974, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation. The Center organizes exhibitions related to the art of the book and offers an extensive selection of educational courses, workshops and seminars in traditional and contemporary bookbinding, letterpress printing, fine press publishing, and other associated arts. The Center for Book Arts is supported by local businesses, various foundations including The Lenrow Fund and The NY State Council on the Arts, and its members.

The Center is located at 28 West 27th Street, on the 3rd floor, between 6th Avenue and Broadway. To get to The Center by train, take the N / R to 28th Street and Broadway; the F to 23rd Street and 6th Avenue; or the 1 or 9 to 28th Street and 7th Avenue. Please call The Center for details on parking in the neighborhood. For further information or to register for workshops and classes, call The Center at (212) 481-0295  or email us.